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  • Ex-Rockwood CFO can sue clinic bosses

    OLYMPIA – A former executive of Rockwood Clinic who said he resigned rather than falsify a financial statement can sue his former bosses for wrongful termination in state court, the …


  • Former Rockwood Clinic doctor charged with unprofessional conduct

    A former doctor at Rockwood Clinic is facing state charges of unprofessional conduct for allegedly writing multiple drug prescriptions for two prostitutes with whom he had sex. The women were …


  • SUV crashes into optical shop

    An SUV crashed through an optical building in central Spokane this afternoon, sending a man inside to the hospital.


  • Valley Hospital CEO takes California job

    The chief executive of Valley Hospital is resigning to take a job leading a hospital in Oceanside, California.


  • Spokane doctor, expert hiker, dies in fall

    Dr. Richard Byrd, a Spokane pulmonary specialist and globetrotting adventurer, died last Tuesday after suffering a blow to the head in a fall while on the coast of Cuba. Byrd, …


  • Former Rockwood CFO suing clinic

    Rockwood Clinic’s former chief financial officer has filed a whistleblower complaint accusing the large medical practice of attempting to force him into filing misleading financial reports. When Gregg Becker refused, …


  • Some Medicare patients could face insurance ouster

    Group Health Cooperative says it plans to drop Medicare patients who are not enrolled in a supplemental plan that costs an additional $20 a month. It’s a step the Seattle-based …


  • Facility now Deaconess Hospital

    Deaconess Medical Center is undergoing a subtle name change to reflect its partnership with Rockwood Clinic. The two health care providers, along with Valley Hospital and Medical Center, have established …


  • Rockwood Liberty Lake project nears completion

    Rockwood Clinic continues its 2011 expansion. After recently opening an Airway Heights clinic, the Spokane-based care provider has begun building a new clinic in Liberty Lake. The 12,000-square-foot clinic is …


  • Google Health shutdown affects 280 in Spokane

    A Google Health pilot program to collect and manage personal health records for some Spokane residents will shut down Jan. 1. The closure will affect about 280 Spokane patients who …


  • Apartments for seniors near completion in Valley

    Rockwood Retirement Communities, a longtime Spokane provider of senior living options, is branching into the Spokane Valley. Its nearly finished Appleway Court project, at 221 S. Farr Road, is the …


  • Here’s the Dirt: Deaconess renovates for Rockwood staff

    Top-to-bottom modernization and build-out projects worth about $7 million are under way at Deaconess Medical Center as the South Hill complex readies more space for Rockwood Clinic doctors and staff. …


  • Here’s the Dirt: New lodge at Girl Scouts camp

    Construction of a $1.2 million lodge at Camp Four Echoes, south of Coeur d’Alene, has begun. Pam Lund, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho, …


  • Inland Cardiology merges with Deaconess

    Inland Cardiology Associates has joined Deaconess Medical Center and Rockwood Clinic as the region’s doctor-owned clinics continue to merge with competing hospital systems. The sale of Inland has been widely …


  • Free medical services soar at region’s hospitals

    Spokane hospitals have given away $53.3 million worth of medical care to the poor during the first nine months of this year as job losses and wage and benefit cuts …


  • Room for sick children now at Deaconess

    Deaconess Medical Center once again will treat children with influenza, pneumonia and other serious illnesses, reversing a decision five years ago to close its pediatric unit. “All of the employees …


  • Rockwood plans to merge surgery center into Deaconess

    The Rockwood Clinic has unveiled plans to merge its outpatient surgery center and employees into Deaconess Medical Center.


  • Rockwood surgeon to join Sacred Heart

    As local doctors increasingly align their practices with the region’s competing hospital systems, a busy orthopedic surgeon has left Rockwood Clinic and joined Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. Dr. Tim …


  • Rockwood Clinic stops fighting, starts moving

    Rockwood Clinic officials have decided to clear out of office and clinical space on the Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center campus instead of fighting the hospital’s June 30 eviction notice. …


  • Rockwood will vacate Sacred Heart campus

    Rockwood Clinic officials have decided to clear out of office and clinical space on the Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center campus instead of fighting the hospital’s June 30 eviction notice.


  • Sacred Heart boots Rockwood

    The Rockwood Clinic will have to vacate 48,000 square feet of offices, patient exam rooms and surgery suites on the Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center campus after failing to rework …


  • Sacred Heart boots Rockwood from hospital offices

    The Rockwood Clinic will have to vacate 48,000 square feet of offices, patient exam rooms and surgery suites on the Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center campus after failing to rework …


  • Clinic sale details released

    Community Health Systems Inc. paid about $50 million to buy Spokane’s Rockwood Clinic from its 77 physician owners. Company executives disclosed the sales price for the first time Thursday during …


  • Surgeon improvises to save lives in Haiti’s chaos

    Dr. Mathew Rawlins answered the phone and changed his life. Within hours the surgeon packed his bags, hugged his family and left the comforts of Spokane for the ravages of …


  • Local economy didn’t escape the downturn

    The economy cast a long shadow over everything in 2009. The recession and efforts at recovery set the scene for top business news in the Inland Northwest, from the shaky …


  • Rockwood doctors OK sale

    Rockwood Clinic doctors voted Wednesday to sell their medical practice to Community Health Systems Inc. and form a close partnership with Deaconess Medical Center. The transaction will be finalized in …


  • Rockwood vote coming up

    Rockwood Clinic physicians are poised to boost patient numbers at Deaconess Medical Center and make the hospital more competitive with Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. Rockwood’s 77 physician owners will …


  • Rockwood-Deaconess vote set Dec. 23

    Rockwood Clinic physicians are poised to boost patient numbers at Deaconess Medical Center and inject a fresh dose of competition with Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center.


  • Community Health objects to suit

    The company that owns Deaconess Medical Center contends that a lawsuit filed against it last month by Spokane-based Inland Northwest Health Services should be tossed out by a judge. The …


  • Sacred Heart’s CEO blasts Rockwood

    Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center’s chief executive charged Rockwood Clinic’s leaders with bad-faith dealings and ethical lapses the day after Rockwood stunned Spokane’s medical community by announcing it would align …

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